The Natural Living School has an amazing opportunity to be a part of the design and construction of a natural building built to code, next to the Ananda Village, one of the oldest and most established intentional spiritual communities in the world. The dwelling will be built with round wood timber framing, bale-cob wall in-fill, an earthen floor, and natural cob plaster finishes.
The students at the Natural Living School will have an opportunity to participate in all aspects of the construction, from beginning to end. The dwelling will be built in three phases. Depending at what stage the participant joins the group, will determine which aspects of the construction they will have the most hands on experience with.
In theory, all aspects of the construction will be covered, but in practice the participant will join the group at whatever stage the construction is in. For the most in-depth coverage of information, in terms of hands on experience, the participant should sign up for the apprenticeship program lasting 6 months, from May until October.
2012 Project, The Bale-Cob Shop
We constructed a 200 square feet bale-cob shop. This shop gave us the opportunity to practice round wood joinery and fine tune the unforeseeable problems before we construct the larger structure mentioned above. This project allowed the apprentices to see the construction of the building up to the installation of the roof. In reality this was a perfect size building for a first time builder. It is alway recommended to start small, and add on as time and money allow.
2011 Projects, The Bale-Cob Classroom
2010 Project, Spirit Pine Dojo
Spirit Pine Dojo